Carl's Jr. Tests Footlong Cheeseburgers (What's Up With All the Long Food?)

Kim Conte
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carl's jr.Three fast food restaurant chains are currently locked in battle over which has the longest sandwich.

The most talked about sammie of the three -- and also the newest -- is, of course, Carl's Jr.'s Footlong Cheeseburger, which is currently being tested at their Santa Ana, California, locations. Reviews of the meat monstrosity so far have been mixed, with the biggest complaint being that the sandwich consists of smaller individual patties instead of one long one. (Am I the only one who thinks this is a letdown of epic proportions?)

The footlong cheeseburger -- or, let's be honest and call a spade a spade, sub sandwich filled with beef patties -- is $4 for the plain version; $4.50 for the deluxe including lettuce, onions, tomatoes.

Supposedly, the sandwich was created in response to Sonic's recent menu addition -- a Quarter Pounder Footlong Hot Dog slathered with chili and cheese and priced at $2.99. I can't even begin to wrap my head around what eating something like that would be like; I can only imagine I'd feel it for days and days after.

And, I can't help but wonder what the Subway sandwich chain thinks about these new long sandwiches, especially considering that earlier this year it applied to trademark the term "footlong."

Given that both Carl Jr.'s and Sonic's footlong sandwiches come in under five bucks, I'm wondering if the gawd-awful jingle, "Five-Dollar Footlong," has come to annoy the Subway company as much as it does us.

Gimmicky sandwiches are nothing new -- how can we ever forget the Double Down? (Oh, right. We can't.) But why is making food longer really such a draw?

What do you think about the new footlong sandwiches? Have you had either of them?

 

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